Want to know an easy and inexpensive way to become and stay healthy? Get with some trees. Notice them, appreciate them, or simply be near them.
A recent study found that the higher the density of trees, even in photographs, the greater the reduction in stress. People experienced lowered stress even if the trees were located in an urban area.(1)
Studies have also shown that stress can influence the onset of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease, as well as depression and anxiety.(2) We also know that even if there is not a lot we can do to change our stressors, activating our parasympathetic nervous system (the one that allows us to relax and restore), can mitigate stressful experiences and decrease their impact. Connecting with nature is one way to do that.
Spending time in nature is an enjoyable and easy way to support our health and well-being. While, as studies show, more trees = less stress, being mindfully present with even one tree or plant can create a sense of calm and support our health. This is a great option if we live or work in an urban environment.
I’ve experienced first-hand the beneficial effect being in nature has for me, including calming my nervous system, enhancing my outlook on life, amplifying creativity, and increasing my sense of inner peace and connection with all of life.
I see the powerful effect that connecting with nature has for others too, and it is my joy to be with them in the experience. That’s why I’m excited to host the Nourish in Nature Experience in the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 19th.
It’s a 2-hour opportunity to experience first-hand the healing power of nature through hiking, meditation, being with beautiful Redwood trees and healthy snacks. I’d love for you to join us. Check out the details here.